Free Childcare Scheme - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 3:07 pm ar 20 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education) 3:07, 20 Mawrth 2024

My Lords, I think we are surprised at the confidence of the Minister, given that we have seen a 50% increase in the number of nurseries that have closed in just the last year, that 40% of nurseries say they are undecided as to whether they will deliver the new funded offer for two year-olds, and that 20% say that they will but that places will be limited. Why is the Minister so confident about this scheme? We hope she is right, but can she give us more reassurance as to why she thinks it will definitely happen?